Gratitude at the David Hoffmeister ACIM Monastery
I want to thank Jason, and everyone at the Monastery again for welcoming me with such openness. I’m still amazed that I was granted this opportunity to see shining examples of the teachings of A Course in Miracles, and for the first time in a long while, I do not feel alone.
Part of me wanted to stay longer, but beneath that desire was the thought that I would be doing so for the wrong reason; as a way to avoid my problems. The stronger feeling was, and is, that my travels will continue.
Before I left, Jason asked if I had had any insights acim. What I’m about to share was not yet clear at that time; only on the drive away did it coalesce.
That morning, several lines from a Vance Joy song kept running through my head, “I never should have told you, never should have let you see inside. Don’t want it troubling your mind, won’t you let it be?” This confused me as I could not think of anything that I had said that I felt regret for.
Eventually, the phrase, “don’t want it troubling your mind” stood out. This reminded me that the most prominent fear I had in coming to the Monastery was that I would somehow interfere with its residents’ peace of mind, simply by my presence alone. This belief that I could negatively affect other people’s state of mind has been with me for many years, and has colored many of my past experiences and relationships.
This fear left my awareness soon after I arrived. On the drive away it rose again, but I remembered David saying in one of his videos that minds cannot attack. I cried and laughed, and now feel as if the belief is being (has been?) released.
There are other things that happened that felt important, but I can’t think of them right now.
While most of us have already been mentioned to believe that prayer involves pleading to God to help, save yourself, repair issues and bring us things in this world, that’s not the case prayer or its purpose. Prayer in A Program in Miracles (ACIM) is fairly different and very beautiful. More than a tune, it is wondrous change of Enjoy and thanks between God and His Creations that engages the forgiveness process to correct the mind before Prayer Music is all that remains. It’s the ticket home therefore understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, is worth the amount of time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Enjoy and Development or judgments of the confidence centered on that which you ask for (agree with) in the mind. There’s number other way. In the Course, the mind (content) is split between God and the pride; and you are choosing all the time with a side as cause for effect.
Forms (all things of this world) are miscreations sending the ego’s judgmental believed system. We’ve managed to get up (miscreated this world) and will give it up anytime by fixing your head (forgiveness). True prayer needs this correction of the mind as God has nothing to do with forms.
What Prayer is Not:
When you are always determining, everything you request once you pray is what counts. Whenever you plead in prayer to possess Lord fix a form problem with still another form problem, you’re wondering the ego mind for help (not God). Those forms and needs are regarded more essential than God’s Enjoy that’ll stay hidden to their education you select the illusion.
All additional things (forms) are needs. Different brands are needs, desires, position, problems, nausea, human love (special relationships), presents and targets in this world, etc. They’re everything you select as alternatives for God’s Enjoy and the pride may distort the objective of prayer by with them to help expand the illusion. Thus, prayer can’t be about “forms” or “needs” in any way.